144,000 flee as Bali vol­cano belches steam

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A rum­bling vol­cano on the hol­i­day is­land of Bali is spew­ing steam and sul­phurous fumes with more in­ten­sity, height­en­ing fears of an erup­tion as of­fi­cials said the number of evac­uees had topped 144,000. Mount Agung, 75 kms from the re­sort hub of Kuta, has been shak­ing since Au­gust.

The In­done­sian Centre for Vol­canol­ogy and Ge­o­log­i­cal Hazard Mit­i­ga­tion said on Fri­day that re­mote satel­lite sens­ing had picked up new steam emis­sions and ther­mal ar­eas within the crater. White steam clouds — which con­tain sul­phurous fumes — have been ob­served ris­ing 50 to 200 me­tres above the sum­mit, the centre said. “At this mo­ment, the prob­a­bil­ity of an erup­tion is higher than the prob­a­bil­ity of no erup­tion; however, the prob­a­bil­ity may change,” said Kas­bani, the centre’s head vol­ca­nol­o­gist.

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Ba­li­nese take shel­ter in a safe place in Tanah Ampo vil­lage on the is­land of Bali.

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